Feature Article - June 2007
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General Survey Results

Campgrounds, private camps and RV parks, as well as YMCAs, YWCAs and JCCs were most likely to increase their fees between 2005 and 2006, and are the most likely to increase them from 2006 to 2007 as well. Just under 70 percent of camping-related facilities (69.2 percent) and just under 65 percent of YMCAs (64.6 percent) increased the fee for their facilities between 2005 and 2006. More than three-quarters of camping facilities planned a fee increase from 2006 to 2007, while 68.8 percent of YMCAs planned a fee increase for this year.

Not only were military installations, schools and school districts, and colleges and universities the least likely to charge a fee for membership or usage of their facilities, they also were the least likely to increase that fee from 2005 to 2006 and from 2006 to 2007. However, among schools and universities, anticipated fee increases jumped fairly significantly for the year 2007 to 2008, with 40 percent of schools and 53 percent of universities anticipating a fee increase for that year. (See Figure 11.)

Revenue for all types of facilities was generally on the rise from 2005 to 2006, with 54.3 percent of facilities seeing higher revenues than the previous year, 37.4 percent seeing the same revenue levels as the previous year, and 8.3 percent seeing lower revenues. From 2006 to 2007, projected revenues are expected to increase at an even higher rate, with 60.6 percent of respondents anticipating revenue increases. Between 2007 and 2008, 64.4 percent of respondents expected increases in their revenue. Less than 5 percent of respondents are anticipating lower revenue for that time frame. (See Figure 12.)

YMCAs and health clubs are anticipating the greatest revenue increases over the next several years. Nearly three-quarters of these facilities (73.6 percent) saw an increase in revenue between 2005 and 2006. Nearly four out of five of these facilities projected higher revenues for 2007, and 83 percent expect even higher revenue in 2008.